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30-08-2014, 11:19 AM (This post was last modified: 31-08-2014 10:27 AM by Can_of_Beans.)
Christian Women and 50 Shades books
A woman I knew in high school is now an author who writes Christian fiction primarily aimed at women.

She posted a screen shot that showed her book ranked next to a 50 Shades of Grey book in Christian Fiction on Amazon. The comments section quickly filled up with comments from other Christian women talking about how that doesn't belong there, and how vile those books are, that sadly the reason was likely that Christian women were buying this book too, etc.

However, one woman kind of defended it by saying if you skip the "yucky sex parts" it's actually a good story...

My response was that it made complete sense to be on the list because it allows Christian women to indulge their two favorite emotions: moral outrage and guilt.

I also pointed out that skipping the "yucky sex parts" sounds suspiciously like the typically male claim that we read Playboy for the articles. Wink

She thought that was an unfair generalization.

Was I wrong?

I probably should have included Christian men in the "moral outrage and guilt" part, but we're talking about 50 Shades here. As far as I know, men aren't lining up to buy those books.

It seems like that fits with my observations growing up in the church. Although, perhaps I'm just projecting my own experiences of verbally denouncing sex and porn, secretly enjoying it, feeling bad it about afterwards and going back to God/church for forgiveness.

I don't think it's just projection, because that seems to be the way the entire Christianity thing is designed.

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30-08-2014, 11:21 AM
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Spot on...


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30-08-2014, 11:30 AM
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(30-08-2014 11:21 AM)CiderThinker Wrote:  Spot on...

Good to know. Thanks.

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30-08-2014, 11:35 AM
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(30-08-2014 11:19 AM)Can_of_Beans Wrote:  A woman I knew in high school is now an author who writes Christian fiction primarily aimed at women.

She posted a screen shot that showed her booked ranked next to a 50 Shades of Grey book in Christian Fiction on Amazon. The comments section quickly filled up with comments from other Christian women talking about how that doesn't belong there, and how vile those books are, that sadly the reason was likely that Christian women were buying this book too, etc.

However, one woman kind of defended it by saying if you skip the "yucky sex parts" it's actually a good story...

My response was that it made complete sense to be on the list because it allows Christian women to indulge their two favorite emotions: moral outrage and guilt.

I also pointed out that skipping the "yucky sex parts" sounds suspiciously like the typically male claim that we read Playboy for the articles. Wink

She thought that was an unfair generalization.

Was I wrong?

I probably should have included Christian men in the "moral outrage and guilt" part, but we're talking about 50 Shades here. As far as I know, men aren't lining up to buy those books.

It seems like that fits with my observations growing up in the church. Although, perhaps I'm just projecting my own experiences of verbally denouncing sex and porn, secretly enjoying it, feeling bad it about afterwards and going back to God/church for forgiveness.

I don't think it's just projection, because that seems to be the way the entire Christianity thing is designed.

So is it like 50 shades of gray without the kink?

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30-08-2014, 11:44 AM
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Quote:So is it like 50 shades of gray without the kink?

I don't think so, but I'll never know for sure. I can't even get past the summary without feeling nauseous.

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Middle Main, Michigan has one stop light, one bakery, one hair salon...and one funeral home. The Eliot Family has assisted the grieving people in their town for over fifty years. After all those years of comforting others, they are the ones in need of mercy.

Olga, the matriarch who fixes everything, is unable to cure what ails her precious daughter. She is forced to face her worst fears. How can she possibly trust God with Gretchen's life?

A third generation mortician, Evelyn is tired of the isolation that comes with the territory of her unconventional occupation. Just when it seems she's met a man who understands her, she must deal with her mother's heartbreaking news. Always able to calm others and say just the right thing, she is now overwhelmed with helplessness as she watches Gretchen slip away.

They are tasting only the drought of tragedy...where is the deluge of comfort God promises?

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30-08-2014, 11:54 AM
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(30-08-2014 11:35 AM)Metazoa Zeke Wrote:  
(30-08-2014 11:19 AM)Can_of_Beans Wrote:  A woman I knew in high school is now an author who writes Christian fiction primarily aimed at women.

She posted a screen shot that showed her booked ranked next to a 50 Shades of Grey book in Christian Fiction on Amazon. The comments section quickly filled up with comments from other Christian women talking about how that doesn't belong there, and how vile those books are, that sadly the reason was likely that Christian women were buying this book too, etc.

However, one woman kind of defended it by saying if you skip the "yucky sex parts" it's actually a good story...

My response was that it made complete sense to be on the list because it allows Christian women to indulge their two favorite emotions: moral outrage and guilt.

I also pointed out that skipping the "yucky sex parts" sounds suspiciously like the typically male claim that we read Playboy for the articles. Wink

She thought that was an unfair generalization.

Was I wrong?

I probably should have included Christian men in the "moral outrage and guilt" part, but we're talking about 50 Shades here. As far as I know, men aren't lining up to buy those books.

It seems like that fits with my observations growing up in the church. Although, perhaps I'm just projecting my own experiences of verbally denouncing sex and porn, secretly enjoying it, feeling bad it about afterwards and going back to God/church for forgiveness.

I don't think it's just projection, because that seems to be the way the entire Christianity thing is designed.

So is it like 50 shades of gray without the kink?
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30-08-2014, 11:58 AM
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(30-08-2014 11:54 AM)CiderThinker Wrote:  
(30-08-2014 11:35 AM)Metazoa Zeke Wrote:  So is it like 50 shades of gray without the kink?
Otherwise known as 'Gray'

Oh that is the gray. I wonder why people read it, but that is their business not mine.

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02-09-2014, 09:35 AM
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My sex life got a bit more interesting when my wife began reading the books. I'm not complaining. Go 50 Shades.
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02-09-2014, 09:55 AM
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50 shades ...more hype than anything else.

Tell them to read this trilogy. If they think 50 had " yucky parts" then they don't have much of an imagination.

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02-09-2014, 10:28 AM
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(30-08-2014 11:19 AM)Can_of_Beans Wrote:  ... of verbally denouncing sex and porn, secretly enjoying it, feeling bad it about afterwards and going back to God/church for forgiveness.
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As my compatriot sayeth... "spot on". Yes

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